"The Jaguars seem quite adverse to success.”
“God no. I just got the alert for this and I want it to be a false report so bad.”
“Does generic bleach taste the same as the name brand stuff?”
Those were some of the reactions on the Jaguars subreddit when the news came out that Doug Marrone would be promoted to Head Coach. Like most of the Jaguars fanbase, I was not pleased with this decision. On my list of HC candidates, he practically finished last. Josh McDaniels or Kyle Shanahan were peak candidates in my mind, and Mike Smith was a safe option, not one that I would have liked, but safe.
I have to admit that Marrone seemed impressive after a 38-17 throttling of the rival Titans as well as a half of football against the Colts, but Andrew Luck led his team back in the second half of the final game of 2017, and emotion likely had just as much to do with success against Tennessee as game planning. Looking at Marrone's resume as interim, which was a miniscule two games, and his sloppy departure from Buffalo he seemed to be a questionable candidate in my opinion.
However, for whatever reason, he got the job. The thing that’s hard to swallow is that we are now stuck with Doug, for better or for worse, and he deserves the same thing that everyone else does when faced with a tough scenario -- a chance. I know that as the almighty fans, our judgements are never wrong, but occasionally we slip up.
Look at Mike Mularkey, who had a similar scenario last year with the Titans. He was a guy with former head coaching experience who served as interim, then later became the full time Head Coach. Titans fans hated the decision, and I even mocked it, yet they went on to have a solid 9-7 season.
I’m not saying that Marrone will be a great coach. I’m not even saying he’ll be a good one, but don’t go into the season with the mindset that he will fail no matter what. I myself am not even close to optimistic, and I’ll still criticize the hire, but we can’t chizel his legacy in stone before he even coaches a full season.
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